Another supermarket – Morrisons – on Gloucester Road, Bristol

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By hippychic1 | Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 14:29

Gloucester Road, Bristol – once a street famed for being something of a Mecca for independent stores - will have the pleasure of another big chain mini-supermarket joining its ranks.

138, Gloucester Road, formally Oddbins, will shortly be re-opened as a Mini-Morrisons, joining the two Sainsburys, two Somerfield's and a Tesco's already within about a mile-and-a-half radius of each other.

So what do people think about one of the latest additions to the famous Bristol stretch of road? I asked a few locals passing earlier…

Local resident Joy Hood commented:

"It's ridiculous and it's completely ruining this road. It's just greed, and it's making life near impossible for the small food stores."

These sentiments were backed by Mike Fairwood:

"There should be some sort of ruling against this. One is really enough in an area like this. I just hope people still continue to by fruit and veg, bread and meat from the smaller traders."  

A "No Morrisons on Gloucester Road" Facebook group started up in June – but with just 13 signatures it did little to start a bandwagon against the retail giant opening up a mini-store.

"It's unfortunately just a sign of the times said," nearby resident Anna Jones when I quizzed her about the new store.

"It's better than nothing being there I guess. What can you do?"

What do people think? Is it better to have a Morrisons as oppose to an empty shop? Or is it extreme supermarket overkill?



  • Profile image for thecriddler

    Looks to be nearly open now... didn't take long.

    By thecriddler at 18:49 on 25/10/12

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    Agreed Gloucester Road on a Saturday still has a lively vibe and bustle like no other street. Can't see Morrison's changing this although I'd rather something else was there.

    By thecriddler at 10:01 on 15/10/12

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    Say 'Hippychic' - what do you mean by ' once a street famed for being something of a mecca for independent stores' - IT STILL IS and is getting better all the time despite the big guys hanging onto the coat tails of the success brought by the sheer graft and individuality of small stores. People will still shop at the small stores - will Morrisons be baking bread like the superb stuff you buy at Joes? Lovely veg like the fine choice we have in the Glos Rd. Will they sell wonderful cuts of meat like Mr Stutt? NO, it'll be bland, dull packaged fare but it'll be convenient. People vote with their feet/wallet etc I have no major objection to Morrisons - better than being empty.
    Oddbins RIP!

    By gingergeezerz at 17:45 on 14/10/12

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    Is it better to have an empty store or one that's used. I think the later.

    By donald11 at 14:02 on 08/10/12

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    This is Brizzle council we're talking about. They're all aboard the Bristol Pound scheme... but seem to forget matters like this!

    By casey1 at 14:43 on 04/10/12

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